Date of Award:

5-2020

Document Type:

Thesis

Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)

Department:

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Committee

Charles M. Swenson

Committee

Jonathan Phillips

Committee

Jacob Gunther

Abstract

Since the dawn of civilization mankind has gazed upon the night sky and looked for directions. In this modern age, the stars have proved to be a reliable reference point for navigation in space. From small-satellites for gathering weather data to inter-planetary missions like Cassini Orbiter, figuring out the location of a spacecraft has been done successfully by taking images of star filed visible from the spacecraft, processing and analyzing the image to find the stars and then finding out from a star catalog which part of the sky the patterns of the visible stars best matches. But a lot of calculation is involved in this process which means it takes up huge amount of power and time to complete. In this research work a hardware will be developed that will reduce the power and increase the speed of this process. The accuracy of this design will be tested under different environmental conditions, modeling the actual region of operation of this design which is the space.

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